How to Make Behavior Change Stick

As 2021 comes to a close, my team and I are excited to re-air some of our best episodes of the year, and thank you for listening to the podcast. It’s truly one of my favorite things to do. We wish you all the best for a happy and healthy year ahead!

We’ve all been there—changing an old habit or creating a new one can be challenging. And we often incorporate our lack of success at habit change into part of our identity and feeling bad about ourselves. But when we use science to understand the secrets to lasting behavior change, it’s clear there are ways to overcome the struggle and get the results we want. One of those secrets is building off of small changes over time. I did this myself, by doing pushups while I waited for the shower to heat up I went from being able to do one to now doing 50!

Today, I talk to Dr. BJ Fogg about the science of lasting behavior change and the success he’s seen in those who’ve used his system. You may have already guessed what practice Dr. Fogg has found most successful: starting with tiny habits to create big change. He and I talk about his personal experience in discovering why this is the key to successful habit change and why we need a system with simplicity and specificity.

Breaking our goals down into incredibly simple steps is essential to staying motivated and sticking with them over the long-term. Having trouble changing habits is not about a lack of willpower or discipline. I love that Dr. Fogg talks about this and that he shares why repetition is not the true driver behind creating new habits, emotion is.

From learning how to stop a bad habit to starting a new, beneficial one, Dr. Fogg and I talk about using positive reinforcement and his tiny habits system to achieve both. Change is part of being human. I hope you’ll tune in to learn more about achieving the changes you want and making it easier on yourself, and more fun, along the way.

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